Wozniacki finds touch to reach final in Montreal

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Caroline Wozniacki, who made her major breakthrough with a run to last year's US Open final, appears to be rediscovering her form just in time for this year's event at Flushing Meadows. The 20-year-old Dane beat Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2, 6-3 in yesterday's rain-delayed semi-finals at the Montreal Cup and was due to meet another Russian, Vera Zvonareva, in the final later in the day.

Wozniacki is facing a busy time in the build-up to next week's US Open, where she lost to Kim Clijsters in last year's final. After finishing her commitments in Montreal she was due to head straight to New Haven, where the world No 2 is the top seed and defending champion.

While Wozniacki has performed consistently this year she has failed to go beyond the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam event and went into last night's final having won only two relatively minor titles during the course of the season, at Ponte Vedra Beach and Copenhagen.

Nevertheless her form against Kuznetsova, whose own results have picked up since a bad run earlier in the year, suggested more good times ahead.

Only 10 minutes of play had been possible over the weekend, during which time Wozniacki had taken a 2-0 lead over the 2004 US Open champion. Kuznetsova started slowly again, although she made her opponent work hard in the second set before dropping serve in the penultimate game. "It was tough for both us, we've been waiting two days," Wozniacki said.

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